Fuel service site plan approved by board

JOHNSTOWN — A site plan for a proposed commercial fuel sales business involving two 30,000-gallon propane tanks in the town of Perth was approved Tuesday by the Fulton County Planning Board.

The project by Schenectady-based Long Energy would be along the east side of Route 30. The board voted to approve the project at the Fort Johnstown Annex under the condition the tanks are screened by a cluster of trees, such as red maple.

Board member Jerry Moore said the tanks project presents a problem with those driving by, into, or out of Fulton County, near the Montgomery County line.

“The visual part of this is, ‘Welcome to Fulton County,’” he said. “There it is.”

Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Long Energy wants to establish a commercial fuel sales business on Route 30. The site is currently owned by First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union and is about 2.7 acres in size. The project calls for installation of two, 30,000-gallon above-ground propane storage tanks, as well as a fenced storage area for residential propane tanks and equipment.

The nearest fire hydrant is 600 feet away from the site in the town of Amsterdam.

Geraghty said there is no building in this project. But board members were concerned about the visible tanks, which Geraghty said would be located 70 feet from the roadway.

In other projects reviewed by the planning board:

∫ The board opted to remain neutral on minimum lot size regulations going through the town of Broadalbin. Geraghty said the Town Board and Town Planning Board have been working to update various regulations in the town. A clarification to the minimum lot size local law has been offered specifying that a minimum lot size applies to residential, commercial and industrial properties, not just residential.

“They wanted to clarify this is for all properties,” Geraghty said.

∫ Board members also voted to stay out of a decision on a site plan for a boat storage addition on Route 30 going through the Mayfield Town Planning Board. Geraghty said the project involves Cranberry Cove Marina.

“It’s really for additional indoor boat storage up there,” he said.

Geraghty said Cranberry Cove Marina is proposing an addition to its existing marina building at 1840 Route 30. The project calls for construction of a 45-foot by 20-foot addition to tie into the existing one-story ranch structure. The addition will take place on the rear portion of the building and will be taller than the existing structure.

According to the site plan narrative, the addition will be used for dry boat storage. An Adirondack Park Agency approval letter is forthcoming.

“They’ve gotten their APA clearance,” Geraghty said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Josh Bovee

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